This book looks behind the scenes of how science and research is done on the first physical science laboratory in the International Space Station (ISS), the "Plasma Crystal" laboratory. As well as the background story about the ISS and the many scientific discoveries that were made, it focuses on the ups and downs on the route to a successful project, and on the people involved: the scientists, engineers, agency representatives, and especially, the experimenters in space the cosmonauts.
Complex plasma research is the other focal point of the book, and this field of science is at the forefront of modern physics (as witnessed by one of the authors, Professor Gregor Morfill who received the prestigious Maxwell Prize in 2011). The applications, particularly in plasma medicine and hygiene, are amongst the fastest growing and most promising areas of research and development.
This book is written in such a way that it can be read by anyone curious about space, the ISS, research in space, cosmonauts, scientific endeavors and new discoveries.